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Illinois appeals court affirms actor Jussie Smollett's convictions and jail sentence

An appeals court upheld the disorderly conduct convictions Friday of actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself in 2019 and lying about it to Chicago police.

Disney World's Haunted Mansion finally adds fan-favorite character from Disneyland ride

A fan-favorite ghost is haunting Disney World's Haunted Mansion for the first time in the character's history.

Pilgrims yearn to visit isolated peninsula where Catholic saints cared for Hawaii's leprosy patients

Devotees of two Catholic saints — Damien and Marianne of Molokai — want to see where they spent a pivotal part of their lives caring for Hawaii’s leprosy patients.

Fed's Powell notes inflation is easing but downplays discussion of interest rate cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is slowing steadily, but it’s too early to declare victory or to discuss when the Federal Reserve might cut interest rates, Chair Jerome Powell said Friday.

'Killer preying on the unhoused': LA police seek suspect after 3 men found dead

Los Angeles authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the person who has allegedly killed at least three homeless people in different parts of the city.

What is 'White Lung Syndrome,' the Ohio child pneumonia outbreak?

Ohio is the first state in the U.S. to report an outbreak of the illness, with an ‘extremely high’ number of children being hospitalized.

Illegal marijuana grow farms raise national security concerns

Cases of illegal grow operations having ties to China in Oklahoma, California and New Mexico have been reported.

Northern lights: Chance to see aurora returns Friday as solar storm continues

Dazzling auroras may light up the skies of northern states again Friday night, and we've got ongoing geomagnetic storm activity to thank.

Doctor says ‘white lung syndrome’ an overlap of common viruses

Dr. Kristin Englund: "What this seems to be is a very common bacteria that we see year after year called mycoplasma pneumonia.

Protester critically injured after setting self on fire outside Israeli consulate in Atlanta

A protester was in critical condition Friday after setting themself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, authorities said. A security guard who tried to intervene was also injured.

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New US rules, aimed at curbing China, could make it harder for EV buyers to claim a full tax credit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans could have a harder time finding electric vehicles that qualify for a full $7,500 federal tax credit under new rules proposed Friday that are likely to hinder President Joe Biden’s goal that half of new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. run on electricity by 2030.

Jussie Smollett conviction upheld by appeals court

In 2019, Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime in Chicago. The actor, known for his role on the TV series “Empire,” is Black and gay.

Disney+ unveils new subscriber-only perks for the holiday season

Disney+ subscribers can unlock special perks for a limited time ranging from discounted Disney merchandise to free Marvel comics.

Chicago and other northern US cities scramble to house migrants with coldest weather just ahead

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is scrambling to house hundreds of asylum-seekers who are still sheltering on sidewalks, at police stations and at the city's busiest airport as the cold weather sets in and with winter just around the corner.

Takeaways from Friday's events at UN climate conference known as COP28

Friday was a day for speechmaking at the United Nations annual climate conference known as COP28, as heads of state each gave short speeches to deliver their views on the planet’s climate crisis, what their nation is doing and what they think others should do.

Albany, NY's College of Saint Rose to close in May

The College of Saint Rose, a Roman Catholic school in Albany, New York, will close its doors in May 2024 after years of financial difficulty.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor paved a path for women on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — One fall day in 2010, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor slipped into the courtroom where she worked for nearly 25 years to take in an “amazing” sight.

Teen's family sues American Airlines over camera in plane's bathroom

The family of a teen girl who has accused an American Airlines flight attendant of hiding a camera in a bathroom stall to record her has formally filed a lawsuit.

Israel’s war with Hamas resumes with airstrikes in Gaza after a weeklong truce ends

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel’s war with Hamas erupted again Friday, as airstrikes hit houses and buildings in the Gaza Strip minutes after a weeklong truce expired.

With 'shuttle diplomacy,' step by step, Kissinger chased the possible in the Mideast

LONDON (AP) — When it came to the Middle East, Henry Kissinger wasn't pushing for peace — only for what was possible.

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White House urges Israel to limit civilian casualties in Gaza

"We're also very much focused, as we've been all along, on trying to make sure that this conflict doesn't spread.

Airline sued after teen allegedly finds camera in plane bathroom

The lawsuit asserts that American Airlines should have known the flight attendant posed a danger to passengers.

Abortion: Where do GOP presidential candidates stand on the issue?

A record-high number of voters say they will only vote for candidates for major offices who share their stance on abortion.

Mississippi sheriff changes policies after violent abuse. Victims say it's to escape accountability

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys for the victims of a racist episode of police torture say new policies unveiled by a Mississippi sheriff's department this week were introduced so the sheriff can escape liability in a civil lawsuit and forestall a new federal probe.

Plaza Hotel's 'Home Alone 2' package lets guests get lost in New York fun

The Plaza offers guests a chance to recreate their version of the 1990s hit “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," with a special new offer: the "Home Alone 2: Fun in New York" package.

Police charge director of Miss Nicaragua pageant with running 'beauty queen coup' plot

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaraguan police said Friday they want to arrest the director of the Miss Nicaragua pageant, accusing her of intentionally rigging contests so that anti-government beauty queens would win the pageants as part of a plot to overthrow the government.

Millennials are moving to these cities the most, study says

When it comes to the top 10 places millennials moved to the most in 2022, cities in Texas and California take up nearly half of the list, according to a recent study from Smart Asset.

Appeals court rules Trump doesn't have immunity from civil suits over Jan. 6 riots

Former President Trump is not immune from civil lawsuits blaming him for the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, an appeals court ruled Friday.

Family of Kansas woman killed in apartment fire blames 911 dispatchers' mistakes

Relatives of Paoly Bedeski, who died in an Oct. 13 apartment fire, are blaming errors by local 911 dispatchers for the 22-year-old's untimely death.

Dave Chappelle makes appearance at Capitol

The comedian, who was criticized in 2021 for including potentially transphobic material in his Netflix special, “The Closer,” was seen posing for photos with House members.